Brian Jones

Happy Birthday

Lewis Brian Hopkin Jones
February 28, 1942
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England

Brian Jones is remembered as being the brains, heart, soul, multi instrumentalist and founding member of The Rolling Stones. 

Lewis Brian Hopkin Jones was born in the Park Nursing Home in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, on 28 February 1942. An attack of croup at the age of four left him with asthma that lasted for the rest of his life

In 1957, Jones first heard Cannonball Adderley's music; this inspired his interest in jazz. Jones persuaded his parents to buy him a saxophone and two years later his parents gave him his first acoustic guitar as a 17th-birthday present.

Brian was a brilliant student who had a big problem with authority. His hostility to authority figures resulted in his suspension from school on two occasions.  According to Dick Hattrell, a childhood friend: "He was a rebel without a cause, but when examinations came he was brilliant.

Brian bummed around, playing his guitar and living a bohemian lifestyle, and apparently impregnating most of England. Brian had 19 kids by 22 women by the time he was 20 years old.

Yada, yada, yada and then The Rolling Stones were formed. Brian, Mick Jagger on vocals, Keith Richards on Guitar, Bill Wyman on Bass, Charlie Watts on Drums and Ian Stewart on Piano.
Bill Wyman said of Jones, "He formed the band. He chose the members. He named the band. He chose the music we played. He got us gigs. ... he was very influential, very important, and then slowly lost it – highly intelligent – and just kind of wasted it and blew it all away.

Jones was a talented multi-instrumentalist, seemingly at home on any musical instrument. His aptitude for playing a wide variety of instruments is particularly evident on the albums Aftermath (1966), Between the Buttons (1967) and Their Satanic Majesties Request (1967). Brian played Guitar, Harmonica, Slide Guitar, Sitar, Oboe, Sax, Mellotron, Dulcimer, Flugelhorn, Recorder, Kazoo and backing vocals on many of the Stones hits. 

As Jagger and Richards began to write songs, they started to take over the band from Brian. Jagger was emerging as the frontman and Andrew Loog Oldham was taking over as Manager. All of this was causing Jones to retreat into drugs and become estranged from the band. 

Brian attended The Monterey Pop concert and was glorious in his psychedelic attire. Brian was called "The Prince of Monterey" as he held court. He was the biggest star in the world at the time and considered by many to be the most handsome rock star of all time. Brian introduced The Jimi Hendrix Experience. 

Arrests, drugs, alcohol, women, erratic behavior, estrangement and mood swings eventually became too much of an obstacle for Brian to remain in the band. The Stones wanted to tour the U.S and Brian was in no shape and with his legal troubles, he could not get a Visa. 

Jones released a statement on June 9, 1969, announcing his departure. In this statement he said, among other things, that "I no longer see eye-to-eye with the others over the discs we are cutting". He was replaced by the 20-year-old guitarist Mick Taylor.

Brian Jones died on July 3, 1969. He was 27.  Whether it was drugs, abuse, drowning or what have you, we may never know. Brian was the first major rock star to die, and he started the "27 Club".

Remembering Brian on his birthday! Thank You for the music Sir! Thank You for creating the greatest Rock n Roll band in the world. We Love and Miss You!
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